Are you kidding me? This is as stupid as when Edna Jester was arrested for not returning the neighbors football.
Shelly Koontz of Independence, Iowa was arrested and charged with 5th degree theft for failing to return the book, “The Freedom Writers Diary” to her local library. The library had tried several times to reach Ms. Koontz with no results. Phone calls, letters…even a certified letter failed to do the trick. They simply could not get this woman to return this valuable $13.95 book.
Wait a minute…$13.95? That’s right. That’s what landed Shelly in the slammer. As Jesup Police Chief Rick Deitrick put it. “Theft is theft, no matter what it is”. That’s right, Inspector Clouseau. If you are going to not return a book, you might have just as well stolen a Ferrari. It’s all the same in the eyes of the law.
How bored must the employees of the library and local law enforcement be to chase this kind of “crime” down? Seriously, aren’t there some kitty cats missing or a street sign that has been stolen? Librarians, couldn’t you re-stack the books or something with all of your free time?
Here is a photo of Shelly. I am posting it in case she tries to make a run for it. Hopefully, you will feel a little safer knowing what this devil looks like.
Yup. Just look at her…guilty as hell. How many other books do you think she has stolen in her life? She might have a whole library of her own in her basement. I am going to say that 6 months in the county jail would be a fair punishment.
I bet the taxpayers of Iowa are thrilled to death that they are going to have to pay the court costs for this major crime case. I also bet the Iowa CSI gang is hot on the trail of ink splatter stains on her hands. She’s going down.
Now, I am not a law enforcement specialist but it seems to me the correct punishment for not returning a book is that you have your library card revoked. Yes, you are out $13.95 but as a taxpayer funded entity, it is a hell of a lot cheaper than the cost of arresting, processing and then having any kind of court appearance for this type of offense.
I wonder what the punishment would be for stealing, say, a TV set in Independence? It would have to be at least a public hanging in the town square (flogging optional). I just love the American legal system. Last week, a murderer walks free because the cops screwed up his Miranda rights but at least they brought down the Book Stealing Bandit.